WHY this project
“I.C.T. (I Can Teach) ADULTS” project was an exchange of good practices project which was organised by Gebze Halk Egitimi Merkezi. There were five institutions from Turkey, German, England, Romania and Italy that work on adult education. The background of this project is based on an analysis of the partner institutions. Before shaping this project, questionnaires to determine the level of ICT use in partner institutions were applied to our educators. The results showed that there was a need for effective use of ICT tools in adult education and our educators did not find themselves capable and motivated enough to use the latest technology in their classes. In this project, each partner had experience and expertise on different aspects of adult education and ICT use; Turkish coordinator on Android platform, German partner on programming, Italian partner on virtual classroom, English partner on curriculums and Romanian partner on web design. This diversity helped us create a project that will contribute all partners and other relevant institutions.
We primarily aimed to develop our educators' competences in using ICT in adult education. In order to achieve that, we organised LTT meetings at each partner organisation. These short-term joint staff training events included activities according to the expertise of each partner. The partners provided training sessions on the subjects stated above. These were applied lessons and after theoretical part, all participants were actively prepared their own software or design that they can use in their classes. Apart from applied lessons, hosting partner informed participants about modifying the current curriculum or creating new ones which contain ICT and adult teaching, and organised seminars about the importance of using ICT tools in adult education. To get the good examples of each partner country, we organised trips to other institutions/companies that work on education and ICT. During our meetings, the participants had a chance to visit institutions/companies that create virtual laboratories and design simulations for education. Apart from these activities, the participants shared their experiences on adult education. They could see different methods and applications on different countries. These training events also contributed to the participants culturally. They could improve their foreign language abilities and perspectives on other cultures. Between LTT meetings, we organised online lessons for educators at partner institutions. They joined these lessons from their own institution and that was a great chance for them to see ICT tools in use.
We reached the results and impacts of our project as planned. Thanks to training they got, all the educators improved their abilities and knowledge on using technology in adult education. Now, they can use the latest platforms, programmes and software, design their own media and websites, modify the curriculums and do programming with different programming languages and platforms. The partner institutions understood better ways to improve their facilities and make their sources work more effectively in education. Not only our participants and partner organisations but also other people and institutions around us could benefit from our project. We organised meetings with other relevant institutions and local press to share our experiences. This contributed to our dissemination activities because we could reach many people. We also shared our activities on our project website, social media accounts and EPALE platform. This platform allowed us to reach many people from all around Europe. Moreover, the Turkish coordinator was invited to EPALE meetings in Turkey and had a chance to share the project activities and results in people from different parts of the country.
This project had an important effect on participating institutions, teachers and adult learners at our institutions. Since the technology is continuously developing, it is important to understand its role in education. This project became a starting point for all of us to include technology in our classes.
What we expect
Participating to the project our teachers/trainers :
- Have enough knowledge about computers and programming
- Be able to design and create his own program or software
- Be able to create ICT-based lessons no matter what his subject is
- Adapt technology in his curriculum
- Have detailed and applied information about ICT and its importance for education.
- Get awareness about the importance of using technology in the classroom.
- Be informed about the use of ICT in different surroundings.
- Be motivated to catch up with and use the technology.
- Get knowledge about different applications of ICT in adult education
- Have a chance to make research about a different culture
- Have a chance to learn new program and take part in different activities organized by the hosting partner
- Be able to work with colleagues from different countries and visit the institutions related with ICT.
- Attend the applied lessons and courses which will be held by the host institution.
- Have a chance to share experiences with their colleagues, and to observe and use different technological facilities of the partners and how they make use of it.
- Break their walls against speaking and learning a foreign language.
- Overcome their prejudices toward other cultures by knowing them not only theoretically but also in daily life conditions.
- Get knowledge about different cultures and traditions.
- Get a European perspective towards different educational processes.
- Become aware of the opportunities that Erasmus+ gives, and consider taking part in different programs.
- Become more motivated to learn foreign languages because they will have to use and be exposed to another language during the visits in an authentic atmosphere.
- Have colleagues and friends from different countries and stay in touch for long time